Bozeman, Montana

Elevation: 4810 FT

Population: 37280

County: Gallatin

One of the most diverse small towns in the Rocky Mountain West, Bozeman is blessed with an eclectic mix of ranchers, artists, professors, ski enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, drawn here by world-class outdoor recreation, Montana State University and a slice of old-fashioned Americana.

Downtown Bozeman has been an important and historic gateway to the West for more than 100 years, as its merchants have outfitted explorers, miners, ranchers and the army with supplies to sustain them. Today, downtown features rows of turn-of-the-century buildings and more than 100 shops, breweries, distilleries and restaurants that line this beautiful and historic retail corridor. Art and culture are alive and well in Bozeman. It is home to many museums, talented artists and excellent galleries. Bozeman is also home to Montana's largest and most accessible airport.

Bozeman is surrounded by six mountain ranges, thousands of acres of Custer Gallatin National Forest and hundreds of miles of blue-ribbon trout streams, so recreation opportunities are virtually endless.

This destination town is a haven for winter warriors, having been named the number one place to work and live in North America if you're a skier, by Powder magazine. In addition to an expansive network of trails for Nordic skiing, Bozeman boasts two major ski areas: Bridger Bowl, located 16 miles northeast of town, and Big Sky Resort, 45 miles to the south. These are the ski areas where America’s legends of freestyle got the ski legs, and they’re a major reason why Montana winters are so downright fun.

Travel through 4 billion years of Earth's history at the Museum of the Rockies, featuring a planetarium, paleontology, ethnology and displays of dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs unearthed in Montana, as well as Plains Indian artifacts, pioneer exhibits and Western art exhibits and a full-scale T. Rex. 

True Story

In 1903 the Bozeman Carnegie Library was intentionally built across the street from the red-light district and opium dens.

Trip tip

Every August, Bozeman hosts one of Montana's biggest art festivals. The Sweet Pea Festival weaves together a rich tapestry of art, music, dance, theater and food in this lively mountain town. The week kicks off with the Bite of Bozeman. Local restaurants and food trucks line Main Street with small bites to savor. The festival begins Friday with a performance by Shakespeare in the Parks. Saturday morning events start bright and early with a fun run and parade to Lindley Park, full of vendors, stages and activities for the kids. Saturday night culminates with an outdoor concert known for the kind of music you can help but move to. Enjoy Sunday browsing art, catching up with friends and relaxing at the final musical performances.

Live Like a Local

Bozeman boast not one but three farmers markets, and they’re all worth a tour for fresh produce, food, meats, Montana-made arts and crafts, and, of course, local vibes. Start your day with a market stroll, grab some breakfast at the Nova Café, head for the hills for a hike at whatever pace suites you, end your outdoor adventure with a soak at Bozeman Hot Springs, and then take your pick of breweries (Montana’s No. 2 in the nation for breweries per capita) for some finely crafted local flavor and good eats.

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